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Senior accepted to all Ivy League schools to attend Columbia

May. 14, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school senior who was accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges has decided to attend Columbia University in New York City. Roberta Hannah, of Springfield, told WWLP-TV she plans to major in biochemistry and African-American studies. Hannah chose Columbia...

Springfield Diocese to report sexual assault allegations

May. 7, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says it will report allegations of clergy sexually assaulting “vulnerable persons” in Western Massachusetts parishes to law enforcement. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has entered a “Memo of Understanding” with the...

Massachusetts DA: suspect arrested in Chicopee killing

May. 2, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A 33-year-old man was arrested Saturday and charged with fatally shooting a Chicopee man, the Hampden District Attorney's office announced. At about 3 a.m. Saturday officers from the Chicopee Police Department arrested Alexis Cardenas-DeJesus, 33, of Chicopee, for his role in the...

Police arrest 2 with loaded gun at vigil for homicide victim

Apr. 26, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts monitoring a large gathering being held to remember a homicide victim may have prevented more tragedy by arresting two teenagers with a loaded weapon. People attending the gathering in Springfield at about 7 p.m. Saturday stayed in their cars for the most...

Massachusetts police search for stolen Bigfoot statue

Apr. 24, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

BRIMFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in one Massachusetts town are on the hunt for Bigfoot. A statue of the legendary ape creature was stolen Wednesday night from outside a home in the town of Brimfield, a small town 20 miles east of Springfield. The Worcester Telegram reports the roadside, Bigfoot-sized...

Woman dies in fire at multi-family home

Apr. 22, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

LUDLOW, Mass. (AP) — A woman rescued by firefighters from a burning multi-family home in Massachusetts has died, fire officials said Wednesday. Ludlow firefighters responded to the home just before 11 p.m. Tuesday after getting a 911 call from a resident who said their apartment was on fire and they were...

1 killed, 4 hurt in shooting that started at backyard event

Apr. 19, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police said one person died and four were injured when gunfire broke out during a gathering in a backyard in Springfield. The gunfire began on Friday evening and spread to neighboring streets, police said. Police have not yet identified the people involved in the shooting, which...

Man charged with attempted arson at Jewish nursing home

Apr. 15, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of trying to set fire to a Jewish-sponsored assisted living center has been charged with attempted arson, the office of the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts said Wednesday in a news release. Officers found a full gas canister that had a Christian religious pamphlet...

Long-vacant Catholic church property sold to developer

Apr. 5, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former church property in Northampton that has been vacant for 10 years has been sold to a developer who plans to build townhouses on the site, authorities said. The St. John Cantius Church was sold for $1.6 million to Holyoke-based O’Connell Hawley LLC. The seller was...

Authorities release name of shooting victim

Apr. 3, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man shot and killed in Chicopee this week. Jonathan Ares, 21, of Westfield was found suffering from a gunshot wound late Wednesday morning and died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, the Hampden district attorney's office said in a...